Most people love the rumble of a souped-up race car. It makes us think of warm weather, fast speeds and the thrill of a good race. But if that rumble is coming from underneath your own car, it could be the sign of something considerably more dangerous – It could be an exhaust leak. And since exhaust gasses contain carbon monoxide, an odorless, invisible, deadly gas, there’s also a good chance it could seep into your passenger compartment, putting you and your loved ones at risk without even being aware of it.
Carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas, is virtually undetectable to a person’s senses. It can make you sleepy, give you a headache, cause nausea, impair your judgment and, in extreme cases, even lead to death. Because these symptoms are similar to the flu, people are often misdiagnosed.
Complicating matters even more, during colder months we drive with our windows tightly shut and our engines run richer (use more fuel). This causes carbon monoxide levels to increase, making a leak in the winter even more dangerous.
If you suspect a problem with your car’s exhaust, please don’t wait; have it inspected today. It could make all the difference in ensuring the health and safety of you and your family.